Ribbon of Memes

It's been over a century and a quarter since the first moving picture was committed to celluloid - the "ribbon of dreams", as Orson Welles mellifluously intoned.

And so, welcome, one and all, to Ribbon of Memes, a new podcast in which Roger Bell_West and Nick Marsh supply grateful listeners hot takes about films considered masterpieces by critics or filmgoers in general.

The rules: we choose one "masterpiece" from every year from the earliest days of cinema to our dreadful modern dystopia. Do we agree these films are classics? Are we entertained? Did we even understand what the film was trying to say? The questions are endless!*

We start in 1973 (for reasons explained in the first podcast) and progress vaguely chronologically (unless we think of another film that makes an interesting comparison to the one we have just seen, or are otherwise distracted by shiny new things).

Yes, that's right, we decided that what the world really needed was two more uninformed middle-aged white guys telling the world about media largely produced by similar people. Find out whether we were right or not herein!

*Actually, no, that's most of them.

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and The Cabin in the Woods (2012) 28 January 2023

Roger and Nick discuss the end of the world, in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and The Cabin in the Woods (2012).


  1. Posted by Shimmin at 01:37pm on 15 March 2023

    Disclaimer: I haven't seen this, but I saw a brief clip of the actual ending.

    One of the things with this kind of story - and to be fair, most ancient evil prophecy-type stories - is that there's no actual proof of the premise that the world's going to end. This is admittedly hard to test, at least more than once. But as a potential sacrificee, I'd certainly lean towards the "go screw yourself" option.

    I also concur with Nick. A big hand emerging from the ground is not, to me, particularly convincing as an apocalypse. That's just a big, probably humanoid monster, you know? I feel like humanity can deal with that.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 02:29pm on 15 March 2023

    There's a film coming out at the moment, Knock at the Cabin, with a similar premise: a bunch of strangers turn up at your family's cabin and say "to prevent the end of the world, one of you has to volunteer to be killed by another one of you".

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